Francis Marion University honored Tim Norwood (’78) as its 2014 Outstanding Alumnus at the university’s annual Alumni Appreciation Dinner.
Norwood was one of six FMU alums honored at the Feb. 27 event held at the FMU Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence.
Norwood received the B.S. in political science from Francis Marion University. He is the owner of Victor’s Bistro, part owner of Hotel Florence and is vice president of sales and a global sales manager for ADP Tax Credit Services. Norwood serves as a member of the FMU board of trustees and is a long-time supporter of the university.
Norwood is chairman of the board of directors of Florence County Progress. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and remains active with the organization, serving as president of the board of directors for the Pee Dee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. Norwood is married to Anne, and they have two sons. The couple resides in Florence.
S.C. Rep. Heather Ammons Crawford (’05) received the Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus award. Crawford graduated from FMU with the B.S. in political science. She was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives in 2012 in a special election, then was reelected in 2014. She is now serving her first full term in the General Assembly. She currently serves as chair of the S.C. House of Representatives Freshman Caucus., South Carolina National Committeewoman of the Young Republicans National Federation. Crawford is vice president of Crawford Properties, and is a board member of the FMU Alumni Association and Grand Strand Citizens for Life. She and her husband Cam reside in Socastee.
The Alumni Volunteer of the Year is awarded to Renee Woodberry (’91). Woodberry graduated from FMU with the B.S. in business administration. She is a certified paralegal with more than 15 years of experience. As a graduate of FMU, Woodberry has fervently volunteered her time and efforts representing the University at various events, namely the Swamp Fox Club Athletic Auction and the FMU Chairman’s Golf Classic. She currently serves on the board of directors for the FMU Alumni Association and has been integral in planning the Alumni Association’s events for its Homecoming weekend celebration. Woodberry resides in Florence with her two sons.
The Professional Industry Award in Medical and Health Sciences is awarded to Charles Ross Berry (’87). He received the B.S. in political science from FMU and the MBA from Kennesaw State University. He has more than 22 years in healthcare management in the Atlanta area. Before taking his new position as CEO of First Coast Independent Physicians Association and First Coast Heart & Vascular Center in Jacksonville, Fla. in January, Berry was chief executive officer of Shoals Hospital in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Under his leadership, Shoals Hospital saw double digit increases in both surgeries and in-patient days and was recognized as an accredited Breast Center of Excellence. He and his wife and three daughters reside in Florida.
The Professional Industry Award in Natural and Behavioral Sciences is awarded to Anita B. Brown (’85, ’90). This Dillon native earned the B.S. in psychology and the master’s in applied psychology (clinical) from FMU. In addition to earning her license as a professional counselor, she obtained certification as a Level II School Psychologist in 2002. Most recently, Brown has applied to become a Licensed Psycho-Educational Specialist (LPES). Brown is a resident of Dillon and is currently employed with Lee County School District as the director of special programs. She has two children.
The Professional Industry Award in Business and Industry is awarded to Jeff Helton (’93). He earned the B.S. in business from FMU and the associate’s degree in industrial management from Florence-Darlington Technical College in 1982. Helton was the assistant vice president of Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing, Inc. for 17 years before becoming the assistant vice president of corporate services at Honda of South Carolina. He and his wife reside in Florence with their two daughters.